Today I had a most unexpected visitor to my garden. Please enjoy this short video; perhaps you can help me with the identification of this stately creature.
I advanced toward the hawk carefully and was surprised that it let me get within about ten feet before it flew off. It came back to the garden twice this afternoon.
Some who have seen this have suggested that it could be an immature Red Tailed Hawk. Others think it is a young Red Shouldered Hawk. It’s over 20+ inches from head to tail. Whatever it is, I can’t seem to find a sure match in my bird book. I would certainly appreciate help in identifying it.
I don’t know why it has landed in my garden, but, of course, the garden is a Certified Wildlife Habitat so it is certainly welcome. One of the criteria is that the garden provides a food source for wildlife. I can only hope that the hawk is after the rabbits that have been eating the phlox and liriope. One must support the eternal food chain.